By Matt Farr

Former Tottenham forward Clive Allen believes England cannot afford to let Harry Winks slip through the net.

The 21-year-old midfielder has burst onto the scene this season and established himself as an important member within the first-team squad.

Allen admitted to TalkSport he has been dazzled by Winks’ performances for Tottenham this season, and backed him to make a similar splash on the international setup with England.

However, Winks is reportedly being considered for a call-up by Spain, and Allen has urged England boss Gareth Southgate not to allow a player of his talents to slip from his grasp.

Winks could be eligible to represent Spain through his grandparents, who are both of Spanish nationality. But he has represented England at various youth levels, including the Under-21s.

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But Allen, who was also caretaker manager with Tottenham on two occasions, has urged Southgate to ensure Winks commits his future to England.

When asked if Southgate should convince Winks his future is with England, Allen told TalkSport: “Absolutely. He is forcing his way into the Tottenham for a regular starting berth.

“He has got great energy, he retains the ball really well, links the play and he drives forward, which for a midfield player is so important.

“Harry Winks is the future of Spurs, and I would hope, if he continues his progress, he would force his way into England recognition.”

Winks could even force his way into Southgate’s plans ahead of England’s double-header against Germany and Lithuania later this month.

Southgate is expected to name his England squad later this week, and if Winks were to make an appearance against Lithuania, he would no longer be eligible to represent Spain

The young midfielder has been a star performer for Tottenham this season, making 31 appearances in all competitions, including two Champions League starts.

In other Tottenham news, Ugo Ehiogu has singled out this reserve star for particular praise.

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